The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation started selling a "one-day pass" yesterday that allows passengers to travel as much as they want during the Lunar New Year holiday from January 28 to February 5.
The one-day pass costs NT$200 and can be purchased at any MRT station. It can only be used for one single day during the lunar New Year holiday. As a bonus, TRTC is giving day-pass buyers a single-trip ticket without an expiry date that is good for any destination within the MRT system.
Also, riders with a one-day pass can get a refund of NT$50 after using it, meaning the total cost of the day's trips is only NT$150.
"We encourage people to take the MRT instead of a car or motorcycle during this period because it is very economical. It costs only NT$150, for a day, no matter how long the distance traveled and how many times passengers take the trains, " said Chan Shi-tsung, director of the TRTC's Planning Department.
According to Chan, the MRT's transport volume is considerably lower during the Chinese New Year period. Another time when it's low is between April and June, when students stay home to study for exams.
"On New Year's Eve, passenger volume is 60 percent to 70 percent lower than usual. On the first day of Chinese New Year, it is approximately 30 percent to 40 percent lower," he said.